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It's Not about Image

21 February 2024 Print version    PDA version    
John 8:32 'Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.' (NIV)

So many people today seem to believe that if they can achieve some kind of celebrity in their world, they will lead a really significant life. But celebrity is largely about image and image can be dangerous! It works against the power of truth. For one thing, image destroys families. Julian Lennon, son of former Beatle John, reportedly said: 'The only thing I ever learned from my dad was how not to be a father.' Image also warps your sense of who you are. Marilyn Monroe said, 'I seem to be a whole superstructure without a foundation.' Image is just a poor substitute for what you and I really want and that is influence! They've told how generation that we are children of monkeys -- then they wonder why people act like animals. They've told us that there is no right to wrong -- then they wonder why people look confused. They tell us that there is no heaven or hell -- and they wonder why people just live for the moment. They tell us that there is no higher purpose in this life -- and they wonder why we have a problem with suicide! The simple fact is, you and I possess something that no animal has: the drive to be significant, to be somebody, to have influence. It's in our wiring. We were designed to change our environment more than it changes us! Don't settle for image and all the baggage it brings. Seek after Godly influence with all your heart and watch your life take on a new dimension.

Prayer: 'Father, I don't need to be famous to make you famous. Help me not to be drawn into a life of image-making and empty role-playing. Help me to be real so that my influence is not based on something shaky and uncertain, but on the favour that you put upon my life.'

© 2003-2004 Mal Fletcher

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I absolutely agree with you Mal on the danger of elevating of our leaders. There is something in man to want 'a king'. It's present in our current celebrity culture. It's curious when we see it in the world and it's pathetic when we see it in Christendom.
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